The Star-Wave-Test (SWT) is a truly insightful drawing tool which can be used independently of, or in conjunction with, handwriting analysis. Although a pencil drawing, it is very much based on graphological holistics and concepts which produce a gestalt picture of personality which is otherwise unseen. It is used by graphologists and psychologists, having been originally devised by a German graphologist and educational psychologist Ursula Avé-Lallemant. Her colleague Dafna Yalon has used the SWT in her work with family therapy and learning disabilities and followed it up with further prize winning research. Originally it was introduced to assess the maturity of kindergarten children in readiness for school, analysing cognitive development as well as emotionality and behaviour. It soon became apparent that it could be rolled out to anyone aged 3 years to adult.
Although it can be fun and insightful, it proves to be a particularly good indicator for anyone who has experienced trauma or deep upset. ‘Silent’ distress soon becomes apparent to the trained eye. It can further identify hidden conflict and repressed memories. Some negative symptoms or behaviour, if caught early enough, can be prevented from becoming permanent habits. With this is mind, counselling, therapy or further intervention may be suggested.
Some of its many delights include:
- It is age friendly.
- It is quick to do.
- It is universal to apply.
- No language barriers.
- No handwriting required.
- It is time-line indicative.
- If supervised properly, it does not feel like a test.
I strongly recommend that a drawing be done in conjunction with a
handwriting sample if you would like a more detailed report. The feedback from my clients who have submitted both show that they have benefited as a result. If you are happy to do this please indicate when you make contact so we can discuss what is required from you.
I am happy to talk to or instruct professional bodies on the basics of administering the SWT drawing. Particularly teachers, carers or mentors who would benefit from gaining further insight into the emotional or behavioural issues of those in their charge.